The Green Years – 1/16

1946 – director: Victor Saville; producer: Leon Gordon; based on the novel by AJ Cronin

When young Robert Shannon is orphaned, he leaves Dublin, Ireland and travels to Loganford, Scotland, home of his maternal grandparents. Growing up in the home of his frugal grandfather is made bearable by his doting but irresponsible great-grandfather, loving grandmother and kind aunt and uncle. After a rocky start in his new school, Robbie adjusts and is befriended by Gavin and Allison, whom he grows to love as the years pass. As he matures into a young man Robbie’s dreams turn to medicine and becoming a doctor. He is supported by everyone in the family except his grandfather and studies for a scholarship as a way to escape a life of toil in the local boiler works.

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